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Voice messaging service for network-based instant connect systems

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Voice messaging service for network-based instant connect systems


Voice messaging services are used to provide messages for recipients associated with terminated network-based instant connect communication sessions. A first device engages in a communication session with a second device. The communication session between the two devices terminates and the first device records locally a voice message addressed to the second device. The message may be stored on the first device and transmitted to the second device after another communication session is established between the two devices. Alternately, the voice message may be transmitted to a message server and forwarded to the second device at a later time.
Related Terms: Server Messaging Sessions

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Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130012170 - Class: 4554121 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 455 
Telecommunications > Radiotelephone System >Message Storage Or Retrieval

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130012170, Voice messaging service for network-based instant connect systems.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/769,608 filed on Jun. 27, 2007 and entitled “VOICE MESSAGING SERVICE FOR NETWORK-BASED INSTANT CONNECT SYSTEMS,” which application is hereby expressly incorporated herein in its entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. The Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to voice messaging systems. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to voice messaging systems for terminated communication sessions, particularly for network-based instant connect communication sessions.

2. The Relevant Technology

During recent years, various forms of mobile communication devices using radio signals have become more widely used. An early example of mobile communication, and one which has been in use for decades, is two-way radio devices, commonly known as “walkie-talkies.” One of the convenient features of walkie-talkies is the ability to immediately initiate communication with recipients without requiring the user who initiates the communication to input a telephone number or to wait while call setup is performed. Instead, the user merely presses a button on the mobile communication device and begins speaking. Any recipient device that is within range and is tuned to the selected frequency immediately receives the voice data. The receiving party can immediately receive the communication without having to respond to a ring or other audible signal, such as those that have been associated with the act of answering a ringing telephone.

A typical walkie-talkie communication session occurs when participating devices are tuned in to a particular radio frequency. The communication session is a half-duplex event and the data can only flow in one direction at a time. In contrast, in a full-duplex communication session data can flow in both directions at one time. For example, mobile telephones operate over a network often using a full-duplex communication channel that uses code-division or time division multiplexing.

The convergence of walkie-talkie radio communication and mobile telephone communication is often referred to as “push-to-talk” or “PTT,” which offers a near instant connection between users. One example of a PTT system is Nextel\'s iDEN-based Push to Talk (also known as Direct Connect®) service. PTT systems may also be implemented using standard voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) technologies or other IP telephony technologies, wherein voice information is sent in digital form over IP-based data networks. Such PTT systems are hereinafter referred to as “network-based instant connect systems” or “NBIC systems,” and they can be deployed on many types of networks, including wireless and wireline networks.

A network-based instant connect call is a telephone call established using a network, but in a way that is designed to give the user the experience of a conventional or personal walkie-talkie call. For instance, in wireless networks, NBIC calls are initiated when the user selects a recipient from a contact list on the mobile device and presses the talk button. Likewise, NBIC calls are received by automatically activating the receiving device for immediate output of voice data without requiring the recipient to manually respond to a ring or other audible signal.

One shortcoming of network-based instant connect communication as compared to conventional mobile telephone communication is the absence of a voice messaging system. For example, a sending user may attempt to initiate a PTT or NBIC session with a receiving user only to discover that the receiving user is non-responsive, which may occur if the receiving user is busy, out of network coverage, lacking device power, unavailable, not near his or her communication device, or the like. The sending user may desire to leave a message for the receiving user but is unable to do so unless willing to take some additional action, such as sending the receiving user an SMS or MMS message; or making a regular telephone call, waiting for the receiving user\'s voicemail server to pick up the call, and then recording a voice message.

A similar problem occurs in both network-based instant connect communication and conventional mobile telephone communication when a call is already underway and the call terminates. Two users are communicating via a network-based instant connect call or a conventional mobile telephone call when the call is dropped or is otherwise terminated. The call may terminate because the network is overloaded, one or both of the users moves out of network coverage, a device has insufficient power or for any other reason. A sending user may be in the middle of explaining something to the receiving user, or may still have something to say to the receiving user when the call is terminated. The sending user may desire to leave the receiving user a voice message in order to complete the discussion or so that the sending user does not forget what was being discussed before having the opportunity to finish the discussion later. However, the sending user cannot leave a message for the receiving user without taking some additional action already discussed such as sending an MMS or SMS message or calling the receiving user to leave a voicemail or other voice message.

While conventional MMS, SMS, and voice messaging systems may be convenient in certain circumstances, none of these options permits a user to automatically and easily create a voice message after either a terminated network-based instant connect communication session with another user, or a terminated mobile phone communication session which is already underway before termination. What is needed, therefore, is improved voice messaging service to handle terminated communication sessions for both network-based instant connect communications and conventional mobile phone communications.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

These and other limitations are overcome by embodiments of the invention, which relate to systems and methods for providing voice messaging service in network-based instant connect sessions. Such voice messaging service can be used, by way of example, for terminated communication sessions between two or more devices, and in particular for terminated network-based instant connect sessions. According to one aspect of the invention, a sending device locally records a voice message addressed to a receiving device after a communication session between the two devices terminates.

Embodiments of the invention for providing voice messaging service for instant connect sessions, including terminated instant connect sessions, can be used in conjunction with wireless communication devices as well as land line devices.

In one embodiment of the invention, a sending device attempts to initiate a network-based instant connect session, a PTT session, or walkie-talkie session with a receiving device. The initiation request is denied or terminates before any voice data is exchanged between the two devices because the user of the receiving device does not respond within a certain time, the receiving device lacks sufficient power or is turned off, a network component such as a base transceiver station is malfunctioning, the cellular network is overloaded, or one or both devices are outside of a cellular network or are receiving weak or noisy radio signals, or for any other reason including situations where the voice data is delivered to a device but the sender is unsure that the voice data was heard. The sending device is notified of the session termination and records a voice message from the user of the sending device addressed to the receiving device. Once the cause of the session termination is resolved or the devices are otherwise reconnected to the wireless network, the voice message is transmitted to the receiving device.

In another embodiment of the invention, a sending device and a receiving device are engaged in half or full-duplex communication and have exchanged voice data when the communication session terminates. In this embodiment, as in the last, the sending device is notified of the session termination, records a sender\'s voice message addressed to the receiving device and transmits the voice message to the receiving device.

In some embodiments of the invention the sending device prompts the sender to create a voice message after being notified of the session termination, while in other embodiments of the invention the sending device automatically begins recording the voice message after receiving notification.

The voice message recorded using the sending device may be transmitted to the receiving device in a number of different ways after the sending and/or receiving devices are reconnected to the network. In one embodiment, the sending device transmits the voice message to the receiving device without the intervention of a message server or other intermediary. According to one aspect of this embodiment, the sending device stores the voice message on the sending device, transmits a message-waiting notification to the receiving device, waits for the receiving device to transmit a message request to it, and then transmits the voice message to the receiving device. According to another aspect, the sending device stores the voice message on the sending device and then transmits it to the receiving device without waiting for the receiving device to request the message. In another embodiment, the sending device transmits the voice message to a message server or other intermediary prior to the message being transmitted to the receiving device. According to one aspect of this embodiment, the message server transmits a message-waiting notification to the receiving device, waits for the receiving device to transmit a message request to it, and then transmits the voice message to the receiving device. According to another aspect, the message server transmits the voice message to the receiving device without waiting for the receiving device to request the voice message.

These and other advantages and features of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or may be learned by the practice of the invention as set forth hereinafter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

To further clarify the above and other advantages and features of the present invention, a more particular description of the invention will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. It is appreciated that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope. The invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130012170 A1
Publish Date
01/10/2013
Document #
13618190
File Date
09/14/2012
USPTO Class
4554121
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04W4/00
Drawings
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